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A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Acute Dental Infections in Emergency Departments

Highlights To understand the impact of the study and collaboration undertaken by Dr. Connors and Dr. Rabie, it is essential to recognize the current role that emergency medical care plays in dental infection management. Oftentimes, untreated dental abscesses are triaged and acute medical care in the form of analgesics and antibiotic therapy is initiated in emergency rooms. In North America: The number of dental cases presenting for emergency medical care and their severity has been significantly increasing. In Canada: 1/20 Canadians have accessed urgent/emergency care for dental issues over, of which ~50% were dental infections ~50% of Canadians do not ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Lynn Tomkins: A Leader’s Journey

It was my pleasure to host Dr. Lynn Tomkins on Oasis Discussions to speak about her journey as a private practitioner and a leader in Canadian organized dentistry.  Dr. Tomkins is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry. She held a number of important roles in the Ontario Dental Association various committees and became the association’s President in 2010. She is the recipient of numerous awards from reputable organizations, such as the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the CDA, and the Toronto Central Dental Society.  Dr. Tomkins was the first woman ever to serve on the ...

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From the Chairside: The Art and Science of Dentistry: Days of Reflection

This is not a customary CDA Oasis post. Although this feature presentation is about the practice of dentistry, the post is more reflective in nature than based on a clinical inquiry. The idea started when Dr. Paul Belzycki agreed to collaborate with us on a series of posts in which he shares his extensive experience treating complex dental cases. Dr. Belzycki considered it helpful to share his own philosophy on the profession of dentistry; how he became a dentist, how he acquired his knowledge, solidified his clinical experience, and why dentistry for him is an amalgamation of art and science. ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Cindy Lyon: How I Became a Dentist

Over the last 40 years, the proportion of women in dentistry has been rising steadily, easing women’s access into a field that has historically been male dominated. Today, we usher a new era where data shows a clear trend shift, where women dentists in graduating classes have comfortably surpassed the 50% threshold, to the point when we have started talking about the feminization of dentistry. It wouldn’t have been possible without the women who made it this way, who found a passion in dentistry and a reward in practicing it. It is only fitting that we, at CDA Oasis, would ...

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Comparing Two Models of Dental Care for Aboriginal Communities in New South Wales, Australia

It was early morning in Sydney and it was a great pleasure for me to meet Dr. Kylie Gwynne, Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney in Australia.  Dr. Gwynne co-authored an article in which they cost compared two models of dental care that were provided for Aboriginal communities and concluded that co-designing care initiatives and involving local Aboriginal community members could reduce cost and contribute to the success of the initiative.  She spoke about much more in the below interview which I hope you enjoy watching! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Aboriginal ...

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The Importance of Goodwill in the Valuation and Appraisal of a Dental Practice

Timothy Brown, CEO of ROICorp, returns to Oasis Discussions to shed some light on goodwill. Highlights Goodwill is an important aspect of a dental practice and contributes to the valuation or appraisal of the practice. However, do we really know what factors weigh into determining the goodwill of a practice?  Goodwill is comprised of hidden value. ROICorp uses ~250 various components (eg. # of bathrooms in an office, etc.) Traditionally, goodwill has been calculated as: # of patients x “n” amount of $. Then, it moved towards a set percentage of billings and may still be calculated this same way ...

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Tips on Transitioning into a New Practice

Transitioning into a new practice as a new buyer or as a new owner after owning other practices has its unique challenges. In this video, Timothy Brown, CEO of ROI Corporation, discusses with Dr. Suham Alexander the strategies to make this transition easier. It is important to understand that patients also need time to adapt to this change along with the dental team. Helpful Tips Gain the trust of the new employees Try not to make any significant changes in the first year Initial changes that are required should be “invisible” to the patients and move slowly If new policy ...

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Dr. Carol Martin: Designer of the Official Tartan of the Office of the Governor General

The morning of her visit to CDA’s headquarters in Ottawa was one of the bright moments in my Oasis journey. Dr. Carol Martin joined the CDA Oasis and CDA Essentials Magazine teams to tell us the beautiful story that led to her designing what has now become Canada’s Governor General’s official tartan.  She is a dentist from Beaverlodge, Alberta; and like many other dentists I have had the pleasure to meet and work with, Dr. Martin is an artist who loves arts, sculpting and working with colors. We now know that there is more beneath the white coat, and her ...

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